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Live Music Picks, Oct. 9-16

Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers

FRIDAY
Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers

North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers were the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2006 Emerging Artists of the Year. They’ll be joined by famed comedian and actor (and accomplished banjo picker) Martin for “An Evening of Bluegrass & Banjo.”
8 p.m. Oct. 9. $38.50-$53.50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W. 404-233-2227. www.chastainseries.com.

FRIDAY
Chris Cagle

Cagle obviously listened to Southern rock growing up, and there’s a touch of Charlie Daniels Band in his rollicking up-tempo tracks. But songs like his hit ballad “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out” are his strong suit, showing his soft side to good advantage. His fourth album, “My Life Is a Country Song,” was released in 2008. It contained the Top 5 country track “What Kinda Gone.”
10:30 p.m. Oct. 9. $10-$30. Cowboys, 1750 N. Roberts Road N.W., Kennesaw. 770-426-5006, www.cowboysatl.com.

Brandi Carlile. Photo: Columbia Records Group

Brandi Carlile. Photo: Columbia Records Group

SATURDAY
Brandi Carlile, Amy Ray

Carlile has a killer voice that combines the disparate but complementary styles of two of her musical heroines, Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. She can pull off both the gruff power of the former and the sweet clarity of the latter. You can even judge the comparison for yourself, since Ray and her band will open the show with a set of material from her solo albums, including the latest, “Didn’t It Feel Kinder.”
7 p.m. Oct. 10. $25. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.

SATURDAY
Relient K

Some of the sweetest melodies that have ever flowed from the pop-punk fountain can be found on this quintet’s albums. The new one, “Forget and Not Slow Down,” was released earlier this week and it might be among their best. And it’s one of the most optimistic break-up albums you’ll ever hear. As frontman Matt Theissen sings on the title track, “I’d rather forget and not slow down than gather regret for the things I can’t change now.” And with the holiday season just around the corner, don’t forget the band’s terrific 2007 Christmas album, “Let It Snow, Baby … Let It Reindeer.”
8:30 p.m. Oct. 10. $18-$20. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.

Luke Bryan. Photo: Kristin Barlowe

Luke Bryan. Photo: Kristin Barlowe

SATURDAY
Luke Bryan

The South Georgia singer made a terrific debut in 2007 with “I’ll Stay Me,” a little chunk of country comfort highlighted by the hangover anthem “All My Friends Say” and the self-explanatory “We Rode in Trucks.” The Leesburg-reared Bryan just released his second album, “Doin’ My Thing,” and current single “Do I” is a Top 20 country hit.
9:30 p.m. Oct. 10. $15-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000, www.wildbillsatlanta.com.

WEDNESDAY
Robin Trower

Once the guitarist for progressive rockers Procol Harum, Trower left that band to embark on a long solo career that often seems like an extended homage to Jimi Hendrix. But, boy, can Trower play guitar. Just pick up the 2007 remaster of his 1974 classic “Bridge of Sighs” for evidence of his brilliance.
8 p.m. Oct. 14. $27.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.

THURSDAY
Yo-Yo Ma

The superlative cellist joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to perform the world premiere of “Awakening from a Disappearing Garden,” a new cello concerto written for him by Hong Kong-born composer Angel Lam. The orchestra will also perform Stravinsky’s “The Nightingale.”
8 p.m. Oct. 15-16. $25-$75. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-815-6674. www.woodruffcenter.org

6 comments Add your comment

miss marta

October 7th, 2009
3:56 pm

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!

how did you guys miss thievery corporation at the tabernacle this sunday?

i mean come on. relient k? really??!

Kyl

October 7th, 2009
4:39 pm

Maybe you haven’t heard that the biggest band in alternative music will be in town Friday night. KOL!?!

Shane Harrison

October 7th, 2009
4:55 pm

I won’t apologize for Relient K. No, they aren’t edgy, cool and they’ll never break any new ground. I think “because it’s fun” is a perfectly acceptable reason for liking something. I did have Thievery Corporation in here and it got cut in the print version. I like them, too. But as I’ve said before, I can’t get to everything, but feel free to pitch in here in the comments with the shows you’re going to see that I didn’t include. The more the merrier. So here’s the info on that I originally had on Thievery Corp. show:

The music of Thievery Corporation makes an excellent late-night companion. The D.C. duo’s chilled-out dance vibe just screams for the wee hours, but that doesn’t mean you need to be alone. T.C. makes the perfect soundtrack for an undulating mass of humanity, as the pair plays pied piper with those deep percussive grooves.
8 p.m. Oct. 11. $36. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.

And Kings of Leon isn’t here because we have a separate interview with Caleb Followill coming.

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Jeff

October 8th, 2009
12:27 pm

Brandi Carlile puts on a fantastic live show! Thanks for including her. I am sure she will deliver on Saturday – And, with Amy Ray opening it can’t get much better.

jeni Kluge

October 10th, 2009
8:52 am

So KoL what is up with no floor seating in my 20 years of enjoying concerts Ive learned something I value my space its seems the slam banging into me I am not to knee to made it for a bad time, I really was so happy to flight from So Ca to enjoy the music but really
I am sure my knee will be ok but wow bad on the floor security Oh fyi you can do what ever you want they dont do anything it’s a joke lesson learned..